Smash Lits with Jennifer Todhunter

The Levitation is a brilliant one-sentence story by Jennifer Todhunter - do read it. Jennifer also took part in one of my Smash Lits interviews. (I so agree about the peanuts and chocolate thing.) 1) What is your favourite cheese? Cambazola. 2) Bacon VS Tofu—who wins? Why? Bacon-wrapped tofu. They’re both winners in my book.... Continue Reading →

Prison stories.

I've been working in a prison library and teaching creative writing there for a few years now. I'm fortunate to do a job I love and find meaningful and I spend a lot of time talking to prisoners about their lives. It's pretty impossible to take part in a creative writing group without revealing something... Continue Reading →

Smash Lits with Sam Asher

I published a terrific story by Sam Asher this week. It's called Fish Food and you can read it at The Forge. I also had the pleasure of interviewing him. Seriously, his answer re: his phobia is still making me smile. 1) What is your favourite fish? My instinct was to look for some kind... Continue Reading →

A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins

I’ve just read A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins. A successful journalist and documentary filmmaker, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a tax fraud he became involved in when looking for ways to finance a project. As someone used to documenting events he kept a detailed diary about his time... Continue Reading →

A review of Three Women and Educated

I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction recently and both Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and Educated by Tara Westover are interesting. (Very different books that I’m only squishing together because I’ve been meaning to pop reviews of them up for ages.) Three Women is a book I guzzled down. This is a non-fiction exploration... Continue Reading →

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

“You’d think it wouldn't bother me now. The Burneses moved away long ago. Two years have passed.”  It’s always a pleasurable feeling to begin a novel when the writer is as sure footed and smart as Messud - a whole story lays promisingly ahead.  Julie and Cassie are unlikely best friends. (Unlikely because of their... Continue Reading →

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